80s legend Rick Springfield has announced his first ever solo tour of Australia.

The Grammy-winning singer and New York Times best-selling author is returning to Australia with a national tour opening in Perth on October 7.

It’s been a while since Australian audiences have seen the Aussie rocker in concert with his own band, although he was the headliner for the Countdown Spectacular tour of 2007.

Springfield has sold more than 25 million records and has multiple top-40 hits, including Don’t Talk to Strangers, An Affair of the Heart, I’ve Done Everything for You, Love Somebody and Speak To The Sky.

He won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal in 1981 for his hit Jessie’s Girl.

While based in the US, Springfield insists he’s still an Aussie at heart and can’t wait to perform in his motherland.

“My best memories of my early career are all centred around Australia. It will forever be my home. I can’t believe I have never done a full tour in Oz as a solo performer,” he said in a statement on Tuesday night.

Springfield has been busy over the past few years. In 2010, Springfield released his autobiography, Late, Late at Night. 

It entered The New York Times best-seller list at No. 13 and hit the Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly lists as well. Rolling Stone named it one of the top-25 rock autobiographies of all time.

Catch Rick Springfield in Australia on the following tour dates:

  • Crown Theatre, Perth – Oct 7
  • Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane – Oct 9
  • Twin Towns Services, Tweed Heads – Oct 10
  • Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre – Oct 11
  • Royal Theatre, Sydney – Oct 13
  • Enmore Theatre, Sydney – Oct 14
  • Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart – Oct 16
  • Palais Theatre, Melbourne – Oct 17
  • Theabarton Theatre – Oct 18